Spring Poolside Tote
Just wanted to first start out by saying that the Poolside Tote will be available for individual purchase on July 1st. Hopefully in just enough time to make for all your summer travels, although a Super Tote would be just as handy, just sayin.
This'll be the last Poolside Tote I'll torture you with until the individual PDF will be released for sale, I promise. I love this fabric!!! Love love. It's a cotton dobby (a great texture to the fabric, sort of like bark cloth) and the colors are just so happy and springy. I paired it with some tough denim on the inside and Essex linen for the handles and accents.
I tried using Pellon's Fusible Hair Canvas for the first time! I'd been really curious about it for a long time. I really liked using it, although I thought (or hoped) it would add a little more stiffness to the bag than it actually did. Overall though I like the way it turned out. I used the reverse side of my favorite denim as the lining.
I got all fancy with the key loop, a smidge of leather was calling my name!
I'm happy to report that this bag was flung around on a plane to quilt market and drug around for a few days and held up quite well. For me I wouldn't use it for an everyday bag or purse (except in this case it was really great for traveling), but I'll be putting it to use this summer at the pool! This is the slip pocket version (there's also a zippered pocket version) and I was worried a bit about keeping my cell phone safe with all the hustle and bustle of air travel, but it actually stayed quite nicely in the pocket. Gotta love options!
Pattern: Poolside Tote (available in the Bag of the Month Club now, or as a separate PDF coming in July)
Fabric: Dobby Birds from Miss Matatabi, Yarn Dyed Essex in Leather, denim